Tony Burton- of “Rocky fame” has passed away. 

  If you’ve ever seen “Rocky” or most of it’s sequels then you definitely know who Tony Burton is, even if not by name. He first came to fame in the first Rocky movie as World Champion- Apollo Creed’s trainer- Tony “Duke” Evers. Later in the series he went on to coach Rocky as well. 
Burton died on Feb. 25th at the age of 78. Most know of his acting career but he was also a legitimate amateur boxer and even went pro. From wiki 
“His boxing career included the Flint Golden Gloves light heavyweight championship in 1955 and 1957. Burton won the State Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship in 1957 and lost in the Chicago Tournament of Champions semi-finals. He fought as a professional boxer in 1958 and 1959. During that time he was knocked out by knockout artist Lamar Clark who holds the record for most consecutive knockouts at 44.” 
Rip “Duke”
Eric Scott

Photo credit- Rocky IV still. 

Some Sources say it’s Official that Conor McGregor will fight Nate Diaz at UFC 196

  

A replacement for an opponent at UFC 196 against Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor may have already been found. Sources say that #5 Lightweight contender and crowd-favorite Nate Diaz will step for the main event against McGregor on March 5 in Las Vegas, NV.

Diaz had called out McGregor after beating Anthony Johnson at UFC on Fox: Dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2 in a foul-mouthed tirade. Both fighters are known for the blunt attitudes, taunting opponents, and using foul language and gestures. 

UFC Lightweight Rafael Dos Anjos was set to fight McGregor until earlier today citing a broken foot. McGregor was hoping to be the first fighter to hold two titles simultaneously. Whether Dos Anjos will fight the winner remains to be seen. If McGregor fights Diaz it will most likely still be in the Lightweight division since that’s the division Diaz fights in.

Source: (http://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/conor-mcgregor/nate-diaz-vs-conor-mcgregor-is-a-go-for-ufc-196/)

Fights to make after UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh

Dennis Bermudez vs. Brian Ortega

“I’m back”. This is all the 29 year old Long Islander had to say when asked to describe what this fight meant to him. Bermudez believes he is now on course to get his career back on track after suffering back to back losses heading into Sunday night in Pittsburgh. Despite starting slow, Bermudez made the appropriate and necessary changes that allowed him to take full control of the bout on the mat and standing up earning him the judges decision victory. Bermudez now improves to 8-3 in the UFC with his eight wins tying for second most in the promotions divisional history behind Max Holloway (11). While defeating the No. 12 ranked Featherweight has got fans talking about him again, it doesn’t necessarily propel “The Menace” into the forefront of chomping at top five fighters just yet especially coming off a losing streak. Bermudez needs to prove without a doubt that he is the capable of sealing his place on the ladder before taking any further ascension up it. Rising star Brian “T-City” Ortega is coming off the biggest win of his young career against Diego Brandao, the man who the took the title of Ultimate Fighter out from under Bermudez, and placed himself among the top 15 of the division in doing so. A match-up between both men makes too much sense to ignore and along with it, could produce a potential future contender in the increasingly exciting Featherweight division.

Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker

Garbrandt continued to keep his career exciting with a stunning knockout victory over late replacement Augusto Mendes. “No Love” has now won 3 straight in the UFC, while remaining undefeated at 8-0 with seven knockouts under his belt. Garbrandt certainly looks like a fighter that has all the potential in the world to become the next big star in the UFC’s Bantamweight division, and was seemingly robbed of that opportunity when his original opponent and No. 11 ranked Bantamweight John Lineker pulled out of the bout due to illness. However, Lineker and Garbrandt are both in agreement that this fight needs to happen. Lineker asked for as much right after he pulled out of the bout and it was certainly a fight on the card that most fans were looking forward to. It still remains a fight to watch and hopefully we see this matchup signed once again as soon as Lineker gets the ok to return to training.

Derek Brunson vs. Mousasi/Leites winner

Berunson continued to impress Sunday night in putting away the No. 15 ranked Carneiro inside the first round. It was Brunson’s third straight first round knockout which made Brunson a small mark in the history books as it is the third longest streak of its kind in UFC history right behind Shane Carwin (4) and Don Frye (5). Brunson has now gone 6-1 under the UFC banner with his only loss coming to top contender Yoel Romero. Brunson clearly deserves a shot at the top dogs of his division, but with nearly the bulk of the top ten of his division already set for matchups across the spring of 2016, he will have to settle in on the sidelines until some key fights take place. The soonest bout that could determine an opponent for Brunson goes down this Saturday in London as Gegard Mousasi and Thales Leites with compete across the pond as both men are looking to bounce back from tough losses in each of their last bouts.

Donald Cerrone vs. Thiago Alves/ Conor McGregor

Cerrone came back looking as “Cowboy” as ever in his debut at Welterweight against Alex Oliveira, submitting the Brazilian with a terrifically set up triangle choke submission. Cerrone etched himself into history Sunday night as he now holds 22 wins under both the UFC and WEC, the most of any fighter to have competed for both organizations. Cerrone seemed to have fun in there like the “Cowboy” of old, and with barely any pressure from title fights and contenders up over at Welterweight, it’s probably a fair bet that we will see Cerrone at 170 again. If that be the case, why not make it fun. Thiago Alves is slated to return from injury and hot fire matchup like Cerrone and Alves just spells chaos and excitement that no one would want to miss. There is also an alternative at 155 however. With the news Tuesday morning that Rafael dos Anjos had pulled out his fight with Conor McGregor, the opening is there Cerrone. The added intrigue factor? Make it for the UFC Interim Lightweighit title.

Breaking: Rafael dos Anjos pulls out of UFC 196 championship fight against Conor McGregor

Terrible day in MMA as multiple  sources confirmed that UFC Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos has been forced out of his UFC 196 Lightweight championship main event slot against Conor McGregor due to a foot injury. The UFC is actively looking for a replacement on short notice with UFC workhorse Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone already being the first one to step up.

Another obvious choice in Frankie “The Answer” Edgar has been axed as the top contender at Featherweight is dealing with his own injuries that are thus far keeping him from taking the short notice matchup. Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate still remains on the card and will likely get placed as the main event should Conor’s replacement deter him from fighting with a title on the line.

More on this story as it unfolds.

 

Frankie Edgar: “It’s Conor McGregor or bust”

Out of the handful of names that have earned the popular consensus for a title shot in their divisions in the last few years, only to have it snatched away, no one has had to bite down on that bullet harder than UFC Featherweight Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.

The former UFC Lightweight champion Edgar (20-4-1, 14-4-1) is currently riding a 5-fight win streak since losing a 5-round title fight in his divisional debut at Featherweight to then-champ Jose Aldo. Most recently, Edgar notched the biggest win of his current run by knocking out perennial contender Chad “Money” Mendes inside the first round last December. Edgar has also defeated Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson in his latest bouts all but cementing his status as the next contender at  for the Featherweight title.

After defeating Cub Swanson, who was solely promised a title shot should he have been victorious, Edgar believed he should have been next in line for the title based on his dominating performance where he submitted Swanson in the final round. Frankie would however be passed on the next shot by Conor McGregor who would defeat Dennis Siver just one month later. Aldo and McGregor were set to fight at UFC 189 in July last year, but when Aldo pulled out leaving an opening in the headliner of the PPV, Edgar expected a magnanimous phone call, but was instead passed on again this time by Chad Mendes.

Edgar has now seemingly placed himself on the cusp of a title shot once again, but it could be marred by the ever building schedule that has been set for new Featherweight champ Conor McGregor who will compete in March for the UFC Lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos. One could understand the amounting frustration on the part of Edgar, who for whatever reason can’t seem to get the UFC’s proper attention in getting what he believe’s he has earned. After speaking with Edgar this past Saturday however, Edgar still remains patient and calm and is eager to see what will happen in the main event of UFC 196.

“I don’t know what’s really gonna happen, I’m waiting for the outcome of that fight and see what Conor’s going to do next” says Edgar. “But he has his hands full with dos Anjos. He’s an animal. I don’t know if he’s going to get over that hump. I’m hoping whatever happens, he drops back down to 145 and I get my shot at him.

Edgar wasn’t shy in making his prediction in the Irishman’s next fight.

“I’m leaning towards dos Anjos. “Edgar said. “I think he is just more well-rounded than Conor. But Conor ‘does have that stopping power as we’ve seen it, but I’m still sticking with dos Anjos. I think if he does lose that fight, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t move back down and defend that 145 pound title and I was told [several times] I was getting that next shot and I do think I’m going to get it.”

When asked of a possible contingency on the part of the UFC if another fight was to be offered to Edgar, the former champ refused to budge from the spotlight where he feels he belongs.

“One name on my brain. That’s Conor McGregor, that’s that 145 pound title. Even more than Conor I want that Featherweight belt, but if I can take it from Conor, that’s event better. Nothing gives. It’s Conor McGregor or bust.”

When referred to Conor’s possible move up to the Welterweight following his bout with dos Anjos in March, Edgar chimed in his final thoughts.

“I don’t know. I think he needs to concentrate on dos Anjos before he worries about the 170 pound title.” Edgar replied. “He’s got big dreams and stuff and that’s great and all but I am the guy he’s got to fight. He hasn’t even defended that 45 pound title and I think I’m the guy to beat him, I know I’m the guy to beat him.”

Marlon Moraes defends his title for the fourth time against Joseph Barajas.

Well that was quick.

One of the best Bantamweights in the world competing outside of the UFC put his championship on the line for the fifth time and ended things quickly and efficiently.

Joseph Barajas came out looking to implement a stern offense, however Marlon opened things up quickly with multiple leg kicks, each one more devastating than the last. Barajas was quick to realize the amount of damage that was being done but by the time Marlon had landed his fifth and final leg kick, it was too late. Barajas collapsed under his damaged left leg unable to keep standing. Big John McCarthy came to the rescue of the challenger before Moraes could continue the punishment.

Moraes took the oppurtunity to put the 145 and 155 lb division on notice, realizing that he may nearly be cleaning out the last of his division. Moraes stated in his post fight interview a desire to compete further up in weight class, sparking new news that we may see the world class Bantamweight compete at Featherweight and Lightweight sometime down the line.

Chris Gutierrez def. Timur Valiev in a controversial split decision/

In the WSOF 28 co-main event bout between the promotions top Bantamweight contenders in Timur Valiev (10-2) and Chris Gutierrez (9-1-1), controversy was afoot as the judges awarded Gutierrez the split decision victory despite the fanfare and media consensus nearly unanimously deciding that Valiev was the true victor in a fast paced bout that saw Valiev press forward aggressively for the majority of the fight.

Round one was tentative for both men as neither man was too committed to pressing forward. That all changed after a series of successful leg and body kicks landed by Valiev seemingly kept Gutierrez at bay.

In the second round Valiev seemingly turned it up a notch in a closely contested round that did see Valiev land multiple takedowns. In round 3, Gutierrez landed perhaps the most significant strike of the bout, a left hand that dropped Valiev to the canvas and possibly sealing Gutierrez the round.

WSOF 28 Play by play analysis and Results

MMAOutsiders.com is reporting live play by play for all fights tonight at World Series of Fighting 28: Moraes vs. Barajas. in Garden Grove,  California

You can watch the stream here: http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/2/20/11061052/wsof-28-live-stream-online

Preliminary Results:

Mike Kubeska (0-1-1) vs. Fard Muhammad (2-3)

Round 1: Both men take the center of the cage, Fard advances forward aggressively. Both men exchange shots. Fard pins Kubeska against the cage. Fard allows space, continues to come forward aggressively . Fard eats a right elbow strike from Kubeska and falls to the mat. Kubeska attacks and ends in guard. Fard sweeps from the half guard, both men end up in 50/50 position on the mat. Kubeska attempts a heel hook. Muhammad escapes and advances to Kubeska’s guard. Muhammed lands multiple strikes from the guard. Kubeska is busted open and bleeding. Kubeska attempts a sloppy armbar from the guard. Time ends.
Round winner: Fard Muhammad 10-9

Round 2: Fard continues to advance with aggressive strikes. Both men clinch up and Muhammed gets a trip take-down. A couple effective elbow strikes landed from Fard. Fard loses his mouthpiece, the bout is timed out to sanitize it and place the mouthpiece back in. Fard continues to remain offensive from the guard. Several solid punches again from Fard. Fard again loses his mouthpiece and the fight is timed out. Referee Mike Beltran warns Fard for the multiple drops of his mouthpiece. The fight is stood up. Kubeska lands a huge right hand that drops Muhammed. Mike takes back side mount. Muhammed gives up side control, Mike advances to mount and attempts an armbar. Fard switches over and slams his way out of the submission hold. Round ends
Round Winner: Mike Kubeska 10-9

Round 3: Both men advance more tentively an the start of this round. Mike lands a 1-2 combination keeping Muhammed at bay. Both men clinch, Muhammed lands another trip takedown. Fard attempts to pass guard, Kubeska attempts a leg lock on the Fard’s left leg. Fard once again loses his mouth piece. Mike Beltran takes away one point from Fard Muhammed. Fard continues mild offense from the guard. Kubeska attempts an armbar from the guard once more but Muhammed shakes it off and is still in guard position. After several seconds Mike Beltran stands the fight up. Fard attempts a takedown against the cage and gets it and once again attacks from the guard with ground and pound. Fard’s effectiveness from the guard slims.  Round 3 ends with Fard on top.
Round Winner: Fard Muhammed 9-9

-Bout winner: Fard Muhammed via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)

Lightweight bout: Eric Steans Jr. (4-4) vs. Jalin Turner (0-0)

Round 1: Steans comes out with a takedown attempt early. Doesn’t get it. Jalin Turner lands a fight finishing right punch and wins in the first round 38 seconds.

-Bout winner: Jalin Turner via KO round 1 (0:38)

Flyweight bout: Heinrich Wassmer (2-0) vs. Keenan Lewis (3-3)

Round 1: Both men come out with complacent yet fast footwork and movement. Lewis shoots in and lands a massive takedown and fends off a guillotine submission attempt from Wassmer. Lewis advances to half-guard and lands a couple effective strikes. Lewis maintain position in half-guard. Lewis threatens with an arm-triangle submission but Wassmer defends. Referee Mike Beltran stands the fight up. Both mrn land effective combinations. Wassmer lands a spinning back kick to the body but Lewis makes him pay with a huge takedown to end the round.
Round Winner: Keenan Lewis

Round 2: Lewis lands a good leg kick early. Waassmer lands a right hand followed by a takedown but quickly lets Lewis back up. Lewis feints a combination and follows up with his own takedown attempt landed. Lewis maintains position in the guard of Wassmer. Mike Beltran stands the fight up. Lewis attempts another takedown, and as Wassmer defends Lewis lands a good knee to the body. Lewis attempts another takedown. Hassmer scambles to an inverted triangle submission attempts. Seems close and Hassmer lands multiple elbows to the top of the head. Lewis eventually fights off the hold and lands multiple ground and pound shots from on top. Hassmer holds Lewis to half-guard for the duration of the round.
Round winner: Heinrich Wassmer

Round 3: Lewis attempts a head kick. Barely misses and attempts a takedown behind it sucessfully landing. Lewis works mild ground and pound from the guard. Lewis passes to half-guard. Hassmer locks his legs to hold Lewis in position. After a near minute, Referee Mike Beltran stands both men up. Lewis attempts another takedown and Hassmer spawls and scrambles to the back of Lewis. Wassmer attempts and successfully locks a rear naked choke submission.

-Bout winner: Heinrich Wassmer via Rear Naked Choke submission Round 3 (3:02)

Catchweight bout (190 lbs): Garrick Evans (2-1) vs. Isais Alvarado (3-2)

Round 1: Both men touch gloves and Alvarado presses forward landing an overhand right and executing a well timed takedown. Evans moves towards the cage wall and wall-walks. Alvarado maintains pressure with the back clinch against the cage landing knees. Lewis lands a takedown and unleashes a plethora of ground-and-pound shots. Alvarado attacks with a leg-lock submission forcing Lewis off balance and gains Alvarado top position. Alvarado continues to attack with ferocious ground and pound and lands multiple left hands that set up a finishing sequence. The fight is stopped and Alvarado celebrates

-Bout winner: Isais Alvarado via TKO (Strikes) Round 1 (3:21)

Flyweight bout: Steven Ramirez (3-1) vs. Kyle Estrada (2-1)

Round 1: Estrada presses early with a front kick. Ramirez answers with a stunning left hand. Both men exchange combinations. Ramirez is hit with a groin shot and the bout is timed. Ramirez recovers and the bout starts up. Ramirez lands multiple left hand punches in a row dropping Estrada and Ramirez goes for the kill landing multiple unanswered strikes and Referee Big John McCarthy stops the bout.

-Bout winner: Steve Ramirez via KO (Left punches) Round 1 (1:01)

 

Main Card Results (NBS Sports)

Welterweight bout: Andrew Ramm (4-3) vs. Ozzie Alvarez (6-3)

Round 1: Both men come out and touch gloves. Ramm lands a solid front kick to the body early. Ozzie appears tentative yet composed. Ramm starts to attack the leg with kicks. Ozzie clinches with Andrew and lands a trip takedown landing inside the guard of Ramm. Ramm begins to utilize rubber guard off of his back keeping Alvarez at a disadvantage with no space to land strikes. Alvarez postures enough to break out. Ramm continues to ineffectuate Ozzie’s top offense. Referee Big John McCarthy stands both men up. Alvarez throws a wild left hand and misses. Ramm continues to throw leg kicks. Ozzie finds the back clinch but fails to get Andrew down. The round comes to a close.
Round Winner: Andrew Ramm 10-9

Round 2: Ramm comes out with multiple kicks to the legs and body.Ozzie attempts retaliation with a missed head kick. Alvarez charges in with a left hand right kick combination. Alvarez follows up with a 1-2. Ramm appears stifled and tentative nd slows down his offense. Ozzie beings to land multiple combinations with solid boxing technique. Alvarez lands a big knee to the body and Ramm still appears weakened and slow. Ozzie rushes forward and Ramm catches him with a solid left hand. Ozzie attempts a takedown and slams Ramm onto his back. Ozzie postures up in Ramm’s guard but is unable to land any offense. The round comes to a close.
Round Winner: Ozzie Alvarez 10-9

Round 3: Ramm comes forward aggressively to start the round, and Alvarez makes him pay with a huge takedown once again pinning Ramm to the mat. Alvarez passes to half guard but is quickly forced back into guard. Ozzie continues to try and find effective offense from this position but to no avail. After nearly a full minute, Referee Big John stands them both up. Ozzie lands a good left uppercut while incorporating great footwork to stay elusive. Alvarez maintains movement and attacks when Ramm tries to close distance. Alvarez presses forward and causes both men to stumble. The round comes to a close as Alvarez lands a huge right hand to the chin of Ramm.
Round Winner: Ozzie Alvarez

-Bout Winner: Ozzie Alvarez wins via Unanimous Decision(30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Lightweight bout: Jamie Yager (6-4) vs. Daniel McWilliams (13-32)

Round 1: Both men exchange kicks early. McWilliams goes for a takedown but Yager throws Daniel down and ends up in side control. Yager effortlessly works in a armbar and Daniel taps forcing the ref to stop the bout.

-Bout Winner: Jamie Yager via Armbar submission Round 1 (0:38)

Bantamweight bout: Timur Valiev (10-1) vs. Chris Gutierrez (8-1-1)

Round 1: Gutierez looks to attack the leg early but misses. Valiev seems content to let Gutierrez come forward and instill offense. Valiev finally opens up throwing kicks to the body and legs. Both men remain elusive and hard to hit. Gutierrez lands a left hand to the chin as Valiev attempts a takedown that pins Chris against the cage. Valiev attemps a sambo throw off the cage but Gutierrez defends. Chris finds space and both men meet in the middle. Both men remain tentative but Valiez begins to open up more on the feet. Gutierrez goes for a jumping roundhouse kick but Valiez takes the oppurtunity to clinch up and attampts a takedown but doesn’t get it. Valiev continues pressing forward throwing multiple kicks to the leg. The round concludes.
Round Winner: Timur Valiev 10-9

Round 2: Gutierrez comes out much more aggressive this time. throwing multiple kicsk to the body. Valiev throws his own left crescent head kick keeping Gutierrez honest. Valiev lands a good combination tripping Gutierrez. Gutierrez throws a combination finishing off with a low kick which Valiev grabs and gets his second takedown. Gutierrez manages to get back up by the cage but is soon dragged back down to the mat. Valiev begins to land punches from the guard and the up/down position as he attempts to also pass. Valiev lands several vicious elbows from the guard. Valie passes to half-guard and not soon after, gets side control. Gutierrez scrambles and places Valiev back into the guard. Valiev agains passes into half-guard right as the round comes to a close.
Round Winner: Timur Valiev 10-9

Round 3: Both men come out focused. Valiev still staying aggressive and moving forward using kicks to create space and keepin Gutierrez backpedaling. Gutierrez come forward a 1-3 combination that lands. Valiev slaps another leg kick onto Gutierrez. Again Valiev throws a kick high, landing on the shoulder of Gutierrez. Both men seem intent on picking up their own pace. Valiev comes forward winging and missing me=any punches and kicks but with minimal reaction from Gutierrez. Valiev goes back to the multiple leg kicks though none are too damaging. Valiev comes forward and lands a hard right hand. Gutierrez retaliates with a huge left that drops Valiev with 30 seconds left. Valiev recovers and attempts to take Gutierrez down but unsuccessfully as the bout comes to a close.
Round winner: Chris Gutierrez (10-9)

-Bout winner: Chris Gutierrez wins via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-28)

Bantamweight Championship bout: Marlon Moraes (15-4-1) vs. Joseph Barajas (12-1)

Round 1: Marlon opens up with a leg kick. Lands another much harder one. Marlon continues this trend with a third. Marlon lands a kick to the body and goes back to the leg. Marlon Moraes lands another stunning leg kick that drops Barajas where he stood forcing Referee Big John McCarthy to stop the bout.

-Bout winner: Marlon Moraes wins via TKO (Leg Kicks) Round 1 (1:13)

Dada 5000 TKOed due to Renal and Possible Heart Failure

Dada 5000

In one of the most bizarre TKOS in MMA history, Dahfir “Dada 5000” Harris was TKOed by Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at the co-headliner of Bellator 149 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Harris after receiving seemingly light punches from Ferguson in the the third round all of sudden started to walk over to fence and collapsed to the floor. Both fighters appeared to be extremely exhausted, but it turns out Harris’ collapse was far more serious.

According to a statement sent by Bellator, which was sent to Harris’ family, the fighter is in the hospital after suffering severe dehydration and renal failure. “The doctors have now informed us that Dada had accumulated extremely high levels of potassium in his blood which led to severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure. The high potassium levels were likely caused by his 40(-pound) weight loss in preparation for the fight,” quoted from the statement.

Renal failure is another name for kidney failure, but Harris may have suffered heart failure as well. Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter sent a tweet claiming that “Multiple sources confirm Dhafir Harris was in critical condition overnight. His heart stopped and he was placed on a ventilator.” So far, there has been no confirmation of heart failure by Bellator MMA or the hospital in Houston where Harris is being treated. But statement says that Harris is recovering well and ask for the fighter’s privacy during this ordeal.

Both Ferguson and Harris rose to fame due to YouTube videos of their backyard brawls, instead of going through the traditional route of fighting in the amateur and smaller leagues before getting into more elite circles in the UFC and Bellator MMA. Ferguson had previously fought on The Ultimate Fighter and the UFC, but a string of losses resulted in the fighter being cut from the organization.

Source: (http://mmajunkie.com/2016/02/after-bellator-149-loss-dada-5000-hospitalized-due-to-renal-failure)

Phil Davis vs. King Mo, Michael Chandler vs. Josh Thomson set for Bellator event in May

Bellator has announced during the live taping of Bellator 149 on Spike Tv that a May Bellator event will be headlined by Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament winner Phil “Mr Wonderful” Davis (15-3) and RIZIN Heavyweight tournament winner King Mo (19-4).

Along with this news former Bellator Lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3, 9-3 in Bellator) will face Josh Thomson (22-8-1, 2-0 in Bellator) in the co-main event. This unnumbered Bellator event will take place May 14th in San Jose, CA